We're in the process of benchmarking AMD's upcoming Radeon R9 290X flagship. But before the embargo expires, the company gave us the go-ahead to publish a couple of numbers from tests we've already run. While AMD was very specific that the only numbers it’s approving come from BioShock Infinite and Tomb Raider, and we’re only able to show you R9 290X compared to GeForce GTX 780, and only at 3840x2160. But despite those limitations, these numbers were run in our lab, on our own equipment.
We could have dialed Tomb Raider's settings down a bit from Ultra, but because this benchmark sequence is both very demanding and highly repeatable, we aren’t bothered by the R9 290X’s 30.6 frames per second versus the GTX 780's 27 FPS. On the contrary, we're rather impressed, especially at an Ultra HD resolution.
We backed off on the quality setting a bit in BioShock Infinite, although the Very High detail preset still looks great. Once again, the Radeon R9 290X has little trouble posting higher average frame rates than the GTX 780 — 53.5 versus 46.2, respectively. It’s worth noting that these are Fraps-based numbers in single-GPU configurations, though the results from Fraps and FCAT track pretty closely anyway.
There’s not much more we can say at this point, except that we have several cards tested at 3840x2160, and R9 290X doesn’t just do well against the GeForce GTX 780